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Welcome Back S-STEM Scholars!. S-STEM is now call ASPIRE: Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education. S-STEM Program. Great work by you, the Scholars And by the program personnel NSF was impressed: We received 4 more years of funding! Program is now called ASPIRE:

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Welcome back s stem scholars

Welcome BackS-STEM Scholars!

S-STEM is now call ASPIRE:

Academic Success Program toImprove Retention and Education


S stem program
S-STEM Program

  • Great work by you, the Scholars

  • And by the program personnel

  • NSF was impressed: We received 4 more years of funding!

  • Program is now called ASPIRE:

    • “Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education”

  • Same benefits for you, but some new people


First a big thank you
First, a Big Thank You!

The Scholars

Hayley Shen

Jennifer deCoste

Marjorie Warden

Courtney Green


Best wishes to prof hayley shen

Best wishes to Prof. Hayley Shen

We will miss you!


Who runs aspire
Who Runs ASPIRE?

  • Faculty Mentors

    • Kathleen Issen

    • Temitope Ojo

    • Shane Rogers

  • Program Staff

    • Jennifer deCoste

    • Marjorie Warden

    • Courtney Green


Kathleen issen
Kathleen Issen

  • Director of ASPIRE

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

  • Teaches sophomore courses

    • ES220 Statics

    • ES222 Strength of Materials

  • Mentors undergraduate researchers

  • Enjoys cooking with local food and landscape design

  • Chicago Bears fan!


Temitope ojo
Temitope Ojo

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engr.

  • Institute for Sustainable Environment

  • Specialization:

    • Coastal oil spill research

    • Complex systems diagnosis

    • Bio-geochemical interactions and physical processes in the natural environment

  • Interests:

    • Gardening, jazz guitar, nature & landscape painting


Dr. Shane Rogers

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

  • Environmental Biological Processes

  • Environmental Engineering Senior Design

  • Advanced Manure Management

  • Honors Sophomore Design

  • Other Stuff:

  • Faculty Advisor, Clarkson University Chapter of EWB-USA

  • Direct Clarkson’s NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduates

  • Advise 4 graduate & 4 undergraduate research students

  • Special Government Employee of U.S. EPA

  • Pianist, guitarist, and blues and rock vocalist

  • International Man of Mystery

  • Both sides of his pillow are cool

  • Wrestled rabid iguanas for fallen pitahaya fruit in the Guayas estuary while suffering a malaria haze

  • Master of Midwest Ninjitsu, specializing in corn stalk mimicry


Jennifer decoste
Jennifer deCoste

Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity Initiatives

Strategic planning and grant acquisition for diversity

Teach SS220, Intro to Gender

PhDs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Women's Studies

Professional actress/musician

Does not like the cold, so has no idea why she lives here :)


Marjorie warden
Marjorie Warden

Director CSTEP/LSAMP/McNair

At Clarkson for 7 years

Office has evolved from 2 programs to current 4 academic success programs

Love my job! Get to watch students grow over 4 years.

Love to hear of student successes after CU

Mother of three crazy wild kids and love watching them play football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer.


Courtney green
Courtney Green

Program Coordinator/Grant Specialist for CSTEP, LSAMP, McNair, ASPIRE

Data collection, database development/managment,

Coordinates workshops/events

Taking MBA courses

Enjoy Photography

Excited to meet all of our new scholars!!


Benefits to you
Benefits to You

  • Individual time with a Faculty Mentor

  • Additional academic support

    • Tutoring, study skills, research

  • Friends and fun with fellow scholars

    • Social activities

  • Professional development opportunities

    • Workshops to develop professional skills

    • Help finding internships, jobs, graduate schools


Your responsibilities
Your Responsibilities

  • Meet with your Faculty Mentor at the beginning of each semester

    • We have a list of student/mentor matches

  • Attend all required program activities

    • A few workshops each semester

    • We will let you know which ones

  • Maintain good academic standing

    • Assistance available if needed


Your choice
Your Choice

  • Meet with your Faculty Mentormore often

  • Meet with Program Staff

  • Attend any workshops/events that interest you

  • Use other program services

    • More on this later

  • Participate in social activities


Welcome to aspire

Welcome to ASPIRE!

Academic Success Program toImprove Retention and Education


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